The Suisho building at 300 Water Street in Peterborough is one of more than 5,000 facilities managed by IO on behalf of the government. Known locally as “Robinson Place”, the seven-storey provincial accommodates more than 1000 government employees, representing seven ministries. It’s the provincial headquarters for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
The 300 Water Street project involved upgrades and conversions of building systems. The building has been designated as LEED EBOM* Platinum by the Green Building Council of Canada. It was Canada’s first existing government building to achieve this designation.
*LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and EBOM refers to its designation in the category of Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance.
The building has a rainwater collection system, allowing natural water to be used in washrooms.
According to 2013 figures, 37% less water is consumed than the average public sector building.
MNRF is ensuring an environmental approach to procurement by focusing on low VOC (volatile organic compounds) materials
Ministry employees manage a rooftop community garden, which has provided organic vegetables to local organizations like the Youth Emergency Shelter and Brock Mission.
IO has implemented a building-specific non-smoking policy
Policies are in place to ensure a green approach to cleaning, landscaping and pest management